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Bees Like Flowers by Rebecca Bielawski–Review by Bethanie

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Bees Like Flowers is precious.  Each of the Mummy Nature books is very child-friendly. The colors are bright, and that alone would keep a child’s interest. This little book gives a good child-perfect explanation of how honey is made and what happens in a beehive. I love the little bees’ face. It makes them seem friendly. The choice of flowers she used were some of my favorites, the sunflower especially.

Ms. Bielawski has once again created a colorful and fun way to teach your little ones about nature. The Mummy Nature books will keep a child’s interest by the rhythm and beautiful colors. I would recommend these to anyone who has little children in their families.

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Welcome to the new Bethanie’s Books

This site is dedicated to those indie authors who love to write books for middle-schoolers. The contact form is on the ABOUT page. Have a book you think would be great for this age group? Let me know by filling out the contact form. I currently have reviews all the way out through March, but if you don’t mind the wait, let me know about your book so I may review it. I look forward to hearing from you!

~Bethanie

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The Secret of Sinbad’s Cave by Brydie Walker Bain–Review by Bethanie

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The Secret of Sinbad’s Cave

by: Brydie Walker Bain

Genre: Middle School  MYSTERY

At first I wondered how  Ms. Bain knew so much about the caves in this book until I read where she lived and that told me all I needed to know. Need an adventure? Dive in and find the excitement. It begins with something even I, as a 44 year-old wife and mother of two (ages 12 and 14), would love to find one day.

What child or adult for that matter would not like to find a secret passage or hidden room in their own house? Things like this have always fascinated me. It adds to the adventure and mystery of the story. Take six adventurous young minds and set them loose with what is found, along with some amazing legends. The next thing you find is high adventure, mystery, and danger lurking around every turn. Throw in a few magical beings or incredibly “insightful” adults and the next thing you know . . .

Well I won’t give that away. I’d hate to ruin the story for someone. It’s kind of like a movie you really want to see and someone ruins the ending for you. So I will just say, read the book for yourself. It is a great middle-school mystery.

The comradery of the children in this book is what I find to be my favorite part. Although I like the story–there is no story without the characters. They are what makes this one so good.  Nothing better than a group of friends with the same goal in mind and ready to do anything to get there. Thank you Ms. Bain for sharing your book with me and treating us all to the legends of Sinbad’s Caves!

~Bethanie

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So it has come to my attention . . .

It has come to my attention that there are some authors–Indie authors–that could be a little upset with me. However, I will not change my requirements for this blog. I have, however, made a decision. I will create a new blog for books that a more mature audience might read. This blog will stay middle-school and Children’s books. My new blog will make its appearance soon. Until then I will keep a list of the authors I have had to turn down for reviews. My new blog will be for readers ages 16 and up. The two main requirements on the new blog will remain:  no sexually explicit books or books that use explicit language. So, coming soon, look for Everley Dawn’s Novel Reviews. I have several I am going to move from my YA blog to my new blog. Thank you for your patience!

~Bethanie

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Please, Please, Please Read the Requirements for Reviews

When a book reviewer takes the time to give requirments for a book to be reviewed, then courtesy would be to read what he or she takes the time to write.

I LOVE Indie authors and I don’t like to turn them down, but I have had to turn down several lately. They either didn’t see the requirements, which are ON THE ABOUT PAGE, or just skimmed through them. I would hope that they just didn’t blow them off. I am a teacher. I like to find books that students might enjoy but would never see if I didn’t review them, because they are not on the shelves of the “big name bookstores”. There is more to life than Shakespeare, although I love Shakespeare, and will include his works in literature studies.

There are authors like Ivan Amberlake, Rebecca Graf, L. Benedict Dunn IV, Aaron Denius Garcia, Pembroke Sinclair, C.P. Bialois, James Calbraith, Haley Fisher, and SO MANY MORE. I have so many that I love.

I look forward to getting book review requests, but am highly disappointed when an author sends me a book that does not meet the requirements. I am an author myself, and I know how important it is to get others to read your book, but as long as you go about it the right way it all works out. I wish you all the best! Happy Reading!

~Bethanie

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The Yummy Adventures of Celia and Cedric by Erin Kurt and Laara Exsnar–Reviews by Bethanie

This is actually a review post of three books:

The Yummy Adventures of Celia and Cedric: Amazing Apples; The Yummy Adventures of Celia and Cedric: Eat Dirt Balls; The Yummy Adventures of Celia and Cedric: Little Green Dragon

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Title: The Yummy Adventures of Celia and Cedric

Genre: Children’s Picture Books

By: Erin Kurt and Laara Exsnar

Illustrated by: Colleen MacIsaac

 

What cute little books. What better way to spend your day than having fun with friends. I loved the Celia and Cedric books. They are fun stories with yummy, nutritious snacks in them. The recipe for each snack is found at the back of the book.

As parents, we are constantly trying to get our children to eat healthier. What better way than to show our young ones how two friends have fun together and enjoy making and eating nutritious snacks together.

Each recipe looked good too, except for maybe the “Little Green Dragon”. Of course, that is my own opinion. It may taste really good. I will have to try it to find out.

I also love the “Nutrition Notes” at the end of each book. Parents can get a greater sense of the healthiness of the recipe then or at least an ingredient in the recipe. These were three charming little books and perfect for young children and their parents to read together. Thank you to Erin Kurt and Laara Exsnar for sharing their books with me. Happy Reading!!

~Bethanie

 

I was given a copy of each book in exchange for a fair and honest review. No monetary exchange was made.

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Busy as a Bee

Wow, I thought summer would be a time to relax. Not so.

I promise I haven’t forgotten any of you. I am working on several books and will have the reviews up soon. Celia and Cedric’s Adventures will be next.

Hang in there with me. Thank you so much!

 

~Bethanie

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Earth 5 by Hustin Lindenhall–Review by Bethanie

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Earth 5

By: Hustin Lindenhall

Genre: YA Sci-Fi

Parallel worlds and I go way back. I love amazing stories that go with them and this was definitely one of them! He made the unbelievable, believable.

This was not your run-of-the-mill parallel world story. It was thought-provoking in an eerie way. The one song that kept running through my mind as I was reading this book was Imagine–by John Lennon. As a matter of fact, Imagine could be the theme song for this book. It is a make-you-think book, just like John Lennon’s song is a make-you-think song. Would there be any need for competition if there was nothing to compete for? Of course not. If we all had one goal we would all work together to reach it.

I think Mr. Lindenhall is our start, at sixteen he has created an amazing story. Maybe there is still hope for our Earth after all.

I wish to thank Mr. Lindenhall for sharing his novel with me.

WRITING AND STORYLINE

The writing was kind of jumpy to begin with, but as soon as the story started getting into the main part it quit being jumpy. The storyline is rather unique. It was almost as if this really happened. He had me believing it. Colorado does have a tendency to be magical and who wouldn’t want to take in the beauty of the Rocky Mountains. I have been there and would love to go back.

Warning–This book does have some expletives in it. I believe the story could have been just fine without them. Some feel the need to use those in their stories. I think they can be taken out. Some may agree and some may not. It is their choice.

If asked, I would recommend this book. It had more deep thoughts in it than the most engrossing conversation with the most intelligent human on Earth. There are so many talented young people and I believe I have found one in Hustin Lindenhall. Never stop writing. I look forward to reading the next book! Happy reading!

~Bethanie

I was given a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. No monetary exchange was made.

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The Fifth House by Andy Goldman–Review by Bethanie

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The Fifth House

by: Andy Goldman

Genre: YA Sci-Fi

 

Well, I will have to admit that I liked this book better than the first–much more action in it.

In The Fifth House, the way the story was laid out was excellent. Mr. Goldman wrote it from the two main characters’ perspectives. Each chapter built upon the other. Although frustrating at times, where he would end the chapter, I couldn’t put it down. I had to know what happened next. It kept me reading until sometimes the wee hours of the morning. The action never stopped, even through the ending sentence of the book. However, cliffhanger, once again.

I really don’t like cliffhangers. Nonetheless, it is each author’s choice to how they end their books.

CHARACTERS

I was pleased to see much more depth to the background stories of the characters. It gave me a much bigger interest in some and hate others even more.

WRITING AND STORYLINE

The writing and storyline this time were fantastic, however there was more profanity used in this book and a few scenes that were questionable but turned out okay. It kept you guessing with a few major surprises. It also made me want to scream at times too. The jumping between character perspectives was good but happened at some of the most inopportune times. You had to keep reading.

Good authors do that. They make the reader unable to put the book down. There were times, though, that it frustrated me enough to where I had to take a break from reading it. I was right back at it sometime later. It called to me, there was no way to stop reading it altogether. Happy Reading!

 

~Bethanie

 

 

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The Gift of the Quoxxel by Richard Titus–Review by Bethanie

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The Gift of the Quoxxel by Richard Titus

Genre: Fantasy

Age Group: Middle Grades

 

What an imaginatively whimsical book. It was one of those that made no sense but still drew me into the story. It is unlike anything I have ever read.

Most books make sense and have some kind of storyline. This one really didn’t. Now, that is not to say that I didn’t enjoy it. Surprisingly, I did, with every strange and wonderful moment. Most read to get away from the real world. This book will definitely have you doing that. One, because you will be trying to figure out what is going on, and the other because it just transports you to this beautiful and colorful little island of Nibb.

There was nothing bad in it at all, except for  the character named Yill. He got on my nerves. He reminded me of a swarm of gnats buzzing around my head and face. I kept wanting to swat Yill away.

I was slightly broadsided by this book. There was a story, but there wasn’t a story. Yet, I still loved it. The power of words is amazing.

It is kind of hard to review a book that you cannot find a story in. At the same time, I didn’t want to put it down either. Any minute it would all come together. In a way it did. ❤

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Pick it up and read it. Tell me what you think about it. Thank you, Mr. Titus! Happy reading!

 

~Bethanie

 

 

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